Etruscan terracotta figurine of a woman and child that served as a votive offering. Caere, Etruria, circa 300s BCE. 8-2543.

Like the previous entry, this terracotta figurine of a veiled woman sitting and holding a baby in her lap was discovered in a votive pit associated with the ancient Vignaccia temple within the Etruscan city of Caere. Commonly used due to their low costs, terracotta figurines embodied a prayer or a continuous physical presence of the worshipper before the deity. This figurine symbolizes motherhood and would have been offered in exchange for the protection of children and the family line. It captures a woman’s hope, frozen in time.

-Amber Soto

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